Big Duck
May 11, 2022
Fully remote, United States of America
Job Type


We’re hiring a Senior Strategist to join our team at Big Duck. Senior Strategists deliver communications solutions for our most complex strategic work while deepening our team’s knowledge and helping us continually improve our processes for client work.

The Senior Strategist will be assigned to projects for our nonprofit clients including brand development, fundraising and outreach campaigns, strategic communications plans, and coaching for communications and development teams.

Here’s some of what the job includes:

  • Developing brand strategy recommendations and bringing a strategic perspective to the development of brand assets, such as messaging and visual identities, in collaboration with our writers, designers, and account managers
  • Crafting communications, marketing, and donor communications plans that provide strategic and tactical direction, and reflect an understanding of each client’s context, mission, and capacity
  • Conducting research (interviews, focus groups, surveys, materials reviews, landscape reviews) to inform brand and communications strategies with an emphasis on equitable and inclusive research design
  • Developing concepts and plans for campaign communications, including capital/major donor campaigns, fundraising campaigns, recruitment/participation campaigns, and other targeted efforts with a communications focus
  • Navigating projects and processes with complex, challenging, or experimental variables and generating insights that inform future work
  • Facilitating and presenting in client meetings and workshop sessions (virtual and in-person, when it’s safe to do so)
  • Contributing to Big Duck’s thought leadership and content marketing (e.g., by writing blog posts, recording podcasts, and beyond)
  • Supporting Big Duck’s new business development, which includes drafting or reviewing proposal content and participating in presentations with prospects
  • Leading trainings via workshops, webinars, conferences, etc. that build the capacity of nonprofit communicators
  • Advancing Big Duck’s antiracist commitments by engaging in ongoing racial justice competency-building workshops, participating in internal equity meetings, and bringing a focus on antiracism to client work and with colleagues
  • Participating in regular team meetings and projects to advance our company goals
  • Bringing insights and skills to inform how we approach client work, including looking for ways to challenge and evolve current practices if needed.

The Senior Strategist reports to the Director of Strategy and is a member of the strategy team. They collaborate closely with all departments including the creative team, account management team, and marketing team.

The Senior Strategist is a full-time, exempt, salaried position. All roles on the Big Duck team are fully remote. Our standard workweek is 40 hours, though occasional evening or weekend work or travel may be required.

About Big Duck

Big Duck is a worker-owned cooperative that helps nonprofits develop their brands, campaigns, and communications teams. We’re an all-remote team made up of thoughtful, creative people dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals and make change in their communities. We are a values-driven, democratically-run business, and we work to center diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in how we work together as a team and with our clients and partners.


Strong candidates for the Senior Strategist role will have at least five years of relevant experience in branding, nonprofit strategy, fundraising, and communications. Successful members of our strategy team come from a range of professional backgrounds, including in-house experience in nonprofits, and agency or consulting experience.

Key competencies

  • Ability to execute big-picture communications strategy and detailed tactical plans, and move between these levels
  • Ability to conduct research to inform communications strategies with an emphasis on equitable and inclusive research design
  • Strong presentation, training, and facilitation skills
  • Effective communication skills—in person, on the phone, by video, and in writing
  • Ability to implement scopes of work pragmatically and adaptively
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage a large workload independently
  • Commitment to collaborating respectfully and productively with colleagues and clients, building relationships based on trust and openness
  • Commitment to fostering learning and growth in themselves and others
  • Ability to share and receive feedback with candor and kindness
  • Commitment to centering equity and inclusion in their day-to-day work and contributing to Big Duck’s antiracist commitments
  • Enthusiasm for participating in a democratically-run, worker-owned company, including learning about and contributing to the business’s strategy and direction
  • Comfort with Google Workspace, Asana, Slack, SurveyMonkey, and Zoom—or eager to learn!

Additional requirements

Our standard work hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET / 8-4 PT / 8-4 or 9-5 for folks working Central or Mountain Time, with a flexible time policy that encourages team members to take breaks and work in ways that support their health and productivity.

Aside from being generally available to work during our standard work hours, qualified candidates must...

  • Have a permanent residence in the continental United States
  • Be available and able to travel occasionally (at least once a year for team gatherings, and as needed for client projects—primarily domestic travel, but international is possible)
  • Have consistent access to a work environment with a stable internet connection, suitable for participating in video calls with colleagues and clients
  • Be able to participate in and facilitate video calls, including working sessions that can run four hours or more, with breaks built in

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable candidates or employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

If you are interested in applying, please submit your application at this link (not via the form below).

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